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Another big day in the mountains of Strathcona: Castle Crag Mtn., Mt. Frink and Mt. Albert Edward

View back from the south flank of Mount ALbert Edward - I came around from the left, across the back of Castle Crag (the mountain on the extreme left), then summited Mt. Frink, then took the ridgeline down and to the left of it and back to Albert Ed.

View back from the south flank of Mount Albert Edward – I came around from the left, across the back of Castle Crag (the mountain on the extreme left), then summited Mt. Frink (centre), then took the ridgeline down and to the left of it and back to Albert Ed.

Well, the previous week I’d run/hiked to the top of Mt. Albert Edward and back – a total distance of around 32 km. I had considered adding on the side-loop that would go over Castle Crag Mountain and Mount Frink as well – but after receiving some advice that the navigation was pretty tough on this loop, I decided to bypyass it. That day. But this week, I was back!

Other than this first shot, all the pix were taken on my phone, so they are not that great. And then my phone died before I made my first summit. Stupid thing. Anyway, Read the rest of this entry »

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Jackie’s solo hike-run to summit Mt. Albert Edward, Strathcona Provincial Park – 32 km with >1km elevation gain

LDSCN2079pWow, now this was fun! It has been a very hot and dry summer – not great for the garden or the salmon, but very good for getting up in the mountains, with little or no snowpack. (Dave and I did that Della Falls/Love Lake run back in June, and there was no snow at all up there – whereas when we did that same Della Falls route in September, late summer, a few years earlier there was not only snow up there, but Love Lake was still totally frozen!) So, while Dave was away in Iceland, I decided to head up to Strathcona Provincial Park (less than a 1.5 hr drive from here) and do a run/jog up to the peak of Mt. Albert Edward. Read the rest of this entry »

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April’s epic birthday hike: Mount Albert Edward, Strathcona Provincial Park

Mt Albert Edward, Strathcona Provincial Park (photo: Kevin)

Leave it to April to come up with the best birthday “party” ever. While the rest of us might suggest something typical, like “Oh, let’s meet for dinner at the sushi bar,” April says: Let’s go up to Strathcona Park and hike Mount Albert Edward!

So of course we are all in. And bonus, the summer has just been going on and on and on. (Sorry, this is being posted late, I’ve been busy – we actually did the hike a month ago, on September 22 – but it was still pretty amazingly hot and sunny weather for late September!). Read the rest of this entry »

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A big and wonderful day in the mountains – Della Falls, Love Lake, and back!

On Great Central Lake, 6:30am. Dave points to where we'll be going.

We don’t know if anyone has actually run this before – so we are claiming the world record for this route! If anyone has already done this, we will back down – but for the moment, we consider ourselves the record holders (legends in our own minds, you might say…)

So I’m not actually sure if this was Dave’s idea or mine – to run up to Della Falls and, if we were making good enough time, to continue right on up to Love Lake (up and down in a day) – but, whose-ever idea it was, the other one agreed right away.

Can't go anywhere without fiddling with the GPS watch!

I’ve wanted to go to Della Falls for a decade or more. It’s the highest waterfalls in North America – located in Strathcona Provincial Park, in the middle of Vancouver Island – but very hard to get to. The main Strathcona trails don’t Read the rest of this entry »

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